Emblazon: Melbourne's Coat of Arms - City of Melbourne
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 Emblazon: Melbourne's Coat of Arms

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Description

In late 1842, seven years after Tasmanian pastoral prospectors first claimed these Kulin lands, the township of Melbourne was formally incorporated. Newly elected councillors designed an impressive coat of arms to represent the anticipated economic prosperity of the new town: wool, whale oil and animal fat, and a shipping industry.

This exhibition explores the symbolism of this design – its evolution; past use on bureaucratic paperwork through to illuminated addresses and medals; its continuing (if often-unnoticed) presence around the city; and contemporary responses in newly commissioned works of art.

The exhibition includes new contemporary commissions by Angela Brennan, Yhonnie Scarce and Gerry Wedd.

About the curator:
Alisa Bunbury is a curator fascinated by the history of Melbourne. She also currently cycles dangerously as she searches passing buildings for signs of coats of arms. She has previously been a curator at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria, and is currently employed at the University of Melbourne as well as in diverse freelance work.

Location

City Gallery
Melbourne Town Hall
Ground floor
100 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


Contact details

03 9658 9658
citygallery@melbourne.vic.gov.au
www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/arts-...


Dates and times

07/09/2018 to 30/01/2019

Mon: 10am – 2pm
Tue: 11am – 6pm
Wed: 11am – 6pm
Thu: 11am – 6pm
Fri: 11am – 6pm
Sat: 10am – 4pm

Closed public holidays.


Price

This is a free event


Bookings

Not required


How to get there

Public Transport Victoria


Features

All ages


Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible



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